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Jun 19, 2014 01:25 PM

One Dinner in New Orleans

My daughter is moving to Dallas from Tallahassee. She's driving there in mid-July. I'm going to fly to New Orleans and drive to Dallas with her the rest of the way. We'll have one dinner. My flight gets in at 7:30 p.m. on a Wed night. We're staying at the Ritz Carlton. So we need a place that serves late, and is not too far from the Ritz or alternatively, is on the way from the airport to the Ritz. We've both been to N.O. before (separately) and have enjoyed meals at Brigsten's, Lillette, Herbsaint, Cochon, Stanley, Commander's Palace and many more. We both LOVE, LOVE Cochon Butcher and are so sorry it only opens at 10 am. It would have been awesome to take sandwiches with us for the road trip the next day, but we need to leave N.O. by 8 am. :( We are open to both traditional New Orleans and more modern New Orleans. Price isn't a concern, but we won't be too dressed up. Thanks in advance for your help!

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  1. Bayona would be an option. Been good for decades; has a great wine list too if you're into that.

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    1. You might want to speak to the concierge at the Ritz Carlton for a helping hand procuring some sandwiches from Cochon Butcher (before they close on the day or your arrival) that you could have in hand the following morning. A good concierge lives for such minor challenges, and when one pays Ritz Carlton rates, one may as well take advantage of RC Level service for guests.

      Likewise the same desk might be a good source for advice about Chow-worthy but non-dressy restaurants near the hotel that serve late.

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      1. re: Gizmo56

        Don't know if even the Ritz would do that, but my bigger question is whether you think the sandwiches would hold up for approx. 20 hours?

        1. re: tlubow

          Many of their sandwiches would. Certainly their stellar muffaletta would (I've brought them home on the plane to enjoy next day on several occasions).

          And I would bet that the Ritz's concierge would be glad to make it happen. Sending a runner to pick up a couple of sandwiches and keeping them in a fridge for you is not a huge ask in the context of the sorts of things concierges in good hotels pull off on a daily basis. From the Ritz-Carlton credo:

          "The Ritz-Carlton experience enlivens the senses, instills well-being, and fulfills even the unexpressed wishes and needs of our guests."

          Give the concierge desk a call and have a chat to express a wish. Or not...

          1. re: Gizmo56

            I think that you are absolutely right on the recommendation and on the notion that the concierge could make it happen. Moreover, if approached properly, I bet the concierge would find it fun. I would.(The old Boston Ritz wouldn't have blinked an eye for such a request.)

            Given arrival time the OP would hit the FQ at about 9;00 or so. They could go to any number of the old line spots in decent garb but, on such short ;leash, what's the point? I think something like Mr B's might fit and Bombay Club is a good idea. I don't know Fin's hours and have not looked them up. In honestly, though, for such a hit-and-run, all one can hope for is a quick dip in the culture and save a Real Meal for later.

            The OP should, en route to Dallas, replace the consumed Cochon sandwiches in the ice chest with andouille, boudin &c from any number of places. And, I suspect, they'll hit Natchitoches about lunchtime so Jimmy Lasyone's meat pies are in order.

            It's a fun problem to wrestle with.....

      2. The Bombay Club is just around the corner. It has pub food but good pub food. A short walk away is GW Fins.

        A few blocks across Canal is Dominica in the Roosevelt.

        Any of those will have 9-9:30 reservations as long as there are no special events going on. Tales of the Cocktail is mid month and may affect reservations that week.

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        1. re: collardman

          I'll check out Domenica and the others. I think Tales of the Cocktail starts right after we leave, so hopefully it doesn't affect us that night. Thank you.

          1. re: tlubow

            We're going to go to Domenica. It's close by, they are open late and it looks great. Regarding Cochon Butcher, although there seems to be a lot of interesting food along the way to Dallas, we are going to be really pressed for time, and can't imagine stopping more than a few minutes a couple of times, so we'll probably ask the concierge to get us some sandwiches. Thanks for all your help.

        2. Two recs for you:Kingfish in the Quarter is great. Greg Sonnier (ex-Gabrielle) is the chef..Had a fab dinner there in May.Root in CBD is fantastic.Modern take on dining. Not too NOcentric but really good nonetheless. Google. Have fun,

          1. Sylvain. IMO, a cool dad would take a cool daughter there:


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            1. re: karendor

              Thanks. Her Dad is NOT cool. I'm her mom, and I don't think she or I would ever describe ourselves as cool. We're closer to slightly nerdy. I'll check out the rec anyway, though.

              1. re: tlubow

                So sorry; wrong gender assumption.;\ I think Sylvain would suit nerdy. [If you liked Herbsaint & Lilette I think you would like Sylvain]. Also they have a great patio in the back: for a late dinner on a July night it could be very lovely. Their Abita Root Beer Float dessert is fantastic. Open until 11 pm I believe. Domenica is a great place (for convenience and a high-value Happy Hour) but it would not be my pick if I only had one night to dine in NOLA. Good luck and travel safely with your daughter!